• Feb 28th 2008 at 5:57PM
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The German automakers keep on making more and more powerful sport-utes – some capable of pulling jumbo-jets and driving up buildings – with seemingly no end in sight. But for one owner, a stock Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG just wasn't enough to outperform his neighbor's Porsche Cayenne Turbo, so he had the engine swapped out for the 720-hp 5.5L supercharged V8 from the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The result? 0-60 in 4.2 seconds in a package that's rivaled in its exotic-engined brutality only by the long-departed Countach-powered Lamborghini LM002.

Of course there's only one place on earth that such a unique creation could possibly call home: Abu Dhabi, the same über-wealthy gulf emirate where the obscenely wealthy built Ferrari theme parks and drive $1.4 million hyper-exotics with $14 million license plates. Where else?

See it to believe it in the gallery below and in the video after the jump.

[Source: Rennteam.com via OmniAuto.it]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      'This is even more badass than the SLR powered SLK55 some guy owns in Dubai.' - thats sulayum

      and there are pics of the engine bay - search 'Sick cars in dubai' and have some fun in the forums :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why did the guy not simple buy a Brabus G V12 with 6.2l V12 TwinTurbo engine .. looks much cooler as this one
      With 612hp it is tested with 4.7s 0-100km/h(62mph) 12.3s 0-160km/h (100mph) with a electronic limited topspeed of 240km/h (150mph)


        • 7 Years Ago
        Because "other" people own those. This guy wants a one-off
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's supposed to be 620 horsepower, not 720, since even the track-only 722 GT version makes only 680 hp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd take the Lambo LM 002 over this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      and how do we know it's not just a badge? I'd like to see pics of the engine bay.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There are a number of pics of the engine bay if you watch the youtube video right below the pics.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thats what i thought too from the photos, but watch the video it's got images of the bay.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't worry, they'll dry up one of these days :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I applaud whoever did that. Its actually tasteful and was done by someone who actually likes cars...not just spending and showing off their money (think of those 'things' that are coming out of Russia...ugh)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The G-wagon was not designed to be a sports car. It was designed to take on the most challenging off-road terrain, competing against four wheel drive vehicles such as the Land Rover Defender. No doubt, it would be interesting to see how fast it would be.

      • 7 Years Ago
      That's a huge coincidence - I photographed the same McLaren G55 at the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, on the 26th Jan. What an absurd car - only in the UAE! I've never even seen a G55 in Australia let alone a McLaren version.

      More pics:
      • 7 Years Ago
      1.McLaren didn't build the engine AMG did
      2.the SLR only has 626hp or 650hp depending on whether the car is a 722 or not.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm with you PirateTaco. The G55 weighs 5622 lbs. already, even with over 600 hp, I have extreme doubts that it could get to 60mph in 4.2 sec when the 500 hp model does so in around 5.5 sec.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where exactly does one find a spare SLR McLaren motor kicking around? Its not like you get one out of Summit Racing after all....
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is even more badass than the SLR powered SLK55 some guy owns in Dubai.
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